Students in the Anthropology - Forensic and Biological Anthropology Option program of The University of Montana may develop and demonstrate research skill by formulating a research project designed to contribute original knowledge to the field of forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, human variation, or human skeletal biology, with the findings presented in a thesis. Pursuing this track will help the student prepare to pursue a career as a forensic or physical/biological anthropologist, or to continue their graduate education toward a doctorate.
Professional Paper Track
Students may develop and demonstrate competency in the skills forensic anthropologists by undertaking a project that results in a report, exhibit, or other scholarly contribution of the sort produced by professionals in the field. A scholarly work published in a refereed journal or other reviewed forum is also considered a professional paper. Due to the limited nature of our skeletal collection, many students choose to analyze a case from the teaching collection and produce a comprehensive case report type of professional paper. Pursuing this track will help the student prepare for a career as a forensic anthropologist or other career that emphasizes the practical application of skills in skeletal analysis.
The Portfolio Track
(The Graduate School refers to this as a non-thesis option) Students may design a MA program in which they specify aset of goals and a set of courses and other experiences that lead to achievement of these goals. Students demonstrate progress toward and satisfaction of their goals by collecting the work produced in their courses and other experiences into a portfolio. This track requires more course work than the thesis track or professional paper track. This track is designed for students who do not plan to work professionally as a forensic orphysical/biological anthropologist or who plan to use their MA degree inanother context (for example, educators seeking an MA degree in a field of science).
- Contemporary Anthropological Thought
- Seminar in Human Variation and Evolution
- Advanced Forensic Anthropology
- Seminar in Bioarchaeology and Skeletal Biology
- Theory and Methods in Physical Anthropology
- 12 months
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DisciplinesAnthropology Forensic Science View 120 other Masters in Forensic Science in United States
- A Bachelors of Arts or Sciences degree
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the M.A. degree program
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores and/or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
- Positive letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose that indicates professional goals compatible with the research specialties of the faculty.
International11880 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5940 USD per semester during 12 months.
National11880 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5940 USD per semester during 12 months.
In-State3444 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1722 USD per semester during 12 months.
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